Grateful Dead Live at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall on 1973-12-19
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Black Throated Wind
Big Railroad Blues
Here Comes Sunshine
Ramble On Rose
Playin' In The Band
Mississippi Half Step
Me And Bobby McGee
Weather Report Suite Prelude >
Weather Report Suite Part 1 >
Let It Grow
He's Gone >
Nobody's Fault But Mine >
Other One >
Stella Blue >
Around & Around
E: Casey Jones
This date is featured on Dick's Picks 1.
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|Black Throated Wind|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|Here Comes Sunshine|
|Ramble On Rose|
|Playing In The Band|
|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->|
|Me And Bobby McGee|
|Weather Report Suite|
|He's Gone ->|
|Nobody's Fault But Mine ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Around And Around|
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- I corrected the pitch and fixed the levels
-- There were a few pops that were also removed
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for the Dats
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction
- 2011-05-11 12:47:19
- Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
- Tampa, FL
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
Subject: Enjoy the Music.
The tape itself is the highest quality that we can get, without purchasing Dicks Picks Vol. 1 -- and that is saying something. Charlie Miller remastered this himself, using the source information, Soundboard > Master Reel > Dat (44.1k) > Sound Devices 744T -> Adobe Audition v3.0 > Samplitude Professional v11.2 > FLAC.
And then! He uploaded this for all of us to enjoy...I mean, I listen to the Grateful Dead every day. Take it from me --- this show has everything you might want (although, if you're looking for a Dark Star/Mind Left Body/Eyes of the World, 1973-10-19/25).
Don't let other people tell you what to think...
Just enjoy the music...
Subject: All a rat can say
This show is known for a legendary Here Comes Sunshine, and for being the first official 2-track SBD release (first Dick's Picks). However, that's a partial release, with edited tracks, and it takes effort to hear the show in its complete form and at the right pitch. Phil used to stand between the vault and the Heads, and vetoed several releases before he was told to let this out; but not before he struck his lauded Decon Jam in Nobody's Fault. If it wasn't for the classic Dan McD stealth AUD, we wouldn't know about it! The OFF only uses 57mins of the 2nd disc - presumably all Latvala could get approved. It was also the first release to use patches flown-in from other shows, and for no apparent reason has the tracks out of order. They even edited Bobby's "thanks for having us" between Stella>Around. The words "sugar shack" were written on the SBD tape box, leading some, years later, to assume the band had played the Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs song. They didn't - it may have been some forgotten inside joke or crew reference.
Like '67 there was no NYE party in '73 (except for the two hiatus years this wouldn't happen again until '92), so this was the last gig until Feb. As others have pointed out, this is a lesser show of late '73. It's not, say 12/10 (OFF release, not on Archive), but has the hot HCS, plus the NFBM with the superb jam & Phil solo, and a TOO that quickly breaks down into an Insect Fear that's hellscaped with beauty. Truckin' through Stella is one of those every-DeadHead-must-hear sequences (if procurement in the best shape is tricky).
First Set. Jarnow suggested Bobby sneezes in the first verse of Promised Land, but IIRC he does this delivery in another show. The tempo slows to a crawl partway through Sugaree. Jer then plays a brief Merry Go Round Broke Down. He is slow again on a somewhat flat 'n flubby Dire Wolf, but the bonus solo is nice. Bobby had the better luck, but now he's slow & flat on Black Throated. Candyman is the first one to fit Jer's mood. Jack Straw is loose around the edges, but during Big Railroad the set turns hot. It's a potent Big River, with all inter-playing wonderfully. There's one more Here Comes Sunshine after this and then it gets put to bed for 19yrs. This one is a must-hear. With several ecstatic peaks, it's almost as good as 11/9. The buzz carries into a fully played-on El Paso. The rest is average '73. The jam for Playing in the Band is part aimless/part engaging. It has a hidden cut [SBD & OFF] of 16sec @7:30. The MTX is intact. As is obvious here, Donna was not on this tour.
Second Set. This set takes off past the halfway point. Note that they skip the refrain on Half-Step Mississippi [the OFF fades out the last couple secs], and that this is the second and last one into a Bobby McGee. At the beginning of Weather Report, Bobby meant to say Denver, not Boulder. That one (11/20) IS awesome, but this one is leaden until Jer's jams for Let it Grow. Part 1 has a 53sec patch from 12/18 (@6:36>7:29 SBD; @6:31>7:24 OFF). He's Gone is where the set comes together, hitting X factor readiness for a legendary sequence. Jer is the engine giving Truckin' ("all a rat can say") the extra push, and it flows into a wild Nobody's Fault. Phil's Decon Jam is edited from the SBD (@11sec in "TOO"; @28sec on the OFF's "Jam"), missing 4:50. The MTX is complete. It's AUD-only because Phil kept it in the vault - still unreleased to this day. It's debatable whether this is a true "Phil-O Stomp", but there are examples from '72 with these themes that have been titled as such. Light Into Ashes helpfully calls it a Deconstructed Phil-O. This goes into The Other One ... which soon breaks down again, into an incredible Insect Fear Jam. It must have been quite a rush in person from this to Stella. Buzzzzz! The latter is nice but Around & Around threatens to trainwreck, with Bobby at his hoarsest. Casey has enough to spill them out happy.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 stars
Big River - all are playing for the bleachers
Here Comes Sunshine - ecstatic peaks
Truckin'>Nobody's Fault But Mine>The Other One - unique, indelible seq
SOURCES: There are no sources that are both complete and correctly pitched. The miller_113503 is the remastered SBD, balanced, levelled. Though missing several tunings, it does have the encore. However like all SBDs it does not have the intro or the Decon Jam, and has the same edited tracks and flown-in patches as the OFF (now ain't that a puzzler?). It has been pitch corrected for the first set (except the back of PitB); the second needs +1% for McGee & Row Jimmy and the channels are switched. The 107984_sbd_dan_patch-97361 plays the Miller SBD with the Phil solo patched, but not the full PitB & WRS, or tunings. Only the MTX has the entire show, with tunings. The 126124_mtx_dusborne is about 1% fast for the 1st set (you might prefer the channels switched). The second set needs -2% for WRS Prelude, Nobody's Fault, TOO, Stella & Casey; and -1% for the rest of WRS + Around & Around. The clugston_8602 is the original Dan McD stealth AUD. Though incomplete, we're lucky that it spans missing sections, including the Decon Jam, intro & tunings. It needs the channels switched and pitch corrections: Promised Land has fluctuations and needs -1% to +1% by the end. The rest needs +1%, except +2% at McGee and a fluctuating He's Gone, needing +2% then +1%; and excepting the jam track labeled "TOO" and Around & Around (labeled "Casey") - both close to pitch. Dick's #1 has parts of the show but runs slightly fast, needing -1% pitch correction, except Weather Prelude, which needs -2%, and Playing in the Band: as with the SBD it has a waver and needs ~ -2% by the end. On the OFF it has a weird anomaly @1:50.
Subject: from the Phil's first notes in Sugaree
Just stunned by the clarity of the recording, and in an instant felt (tho I haven't heard this for years) that what I was hearing suggested great things for the rest of this show! predisposed to attaching to the sound, like after a long "trip"in the woods without music, sounds like water for my thirsty ears!
Now I can't wait to listen to more...
Subject: Here Comes Sunshine ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Subject: Dick's Picks 1
Subject: "And We Bid You Goodnight, 1973"
The aforementioned HCS is truly epic, and along with the versions played on 12/6, 11/30, 11/17 and 2/23/74, ranks among the very best. The last show of December is not actually an all around spectacular show, all told. Much of the first set is dialed in, save for the “Playin’”, and this version, while good, is nowhere near the best of the year. (For superlative stand alone versions look to the month of February, 3/16, 5/26, 7/1 & 10/19.) The Second set, per usual, offers up more interesting sonic goods. The segue-wave involving “Truckin’->Nobody’s Fault But Min->Jam->Other One->Jam” is the undisputed highlight. The “Truckin’” itself is pretty uneventful, but the “Nobody’s Fault” is remarkable (best version of the year, imho), and the jam that is segues into is worth a listen or three. The “Other One” that follows is very lean, clocking in at under two minutes (Phil Lesh disallowed the inclusion of his bass solo before this night was released), then segues into one of the greatest “insect fear” meltdown jams of the 73/74 era. The jarring, yet thrilling waves of electronic crescendos hint at the upcoming “Seastones” section that would later grace or plague (depending on your tastes) summer and fall ’74 shows.
Subject: Wake of the flood
You can't go wrong with the express train:
He's GONE onward to Stella Blue
with Nobody's Fault > Other ONE being the peak!
I don't hear Donna in the mix?
A real laid back Casey Jones encore.
Subject: I love you so much
Infinite thanks. Forever grateful.